Caucus News

Senator Dave Cortese

Cortese Applauds Historic Universal Basic Income Plan in California Budget

July 15, 2021

This year’s state budget (see SB/AB 153 for details) includes California’s first state-funded universal basic income (UBI) proposal. The Legislature today voted to begin administering the “California Guaranteed Income Pilot Program”, a $35 million program to be governed by the state Department of Social Services for the purposes of providing payments of up to $1,000 to eligible program participants. The Department will prioritize funding to serve residents exiting the state’s extended foster care program as well as pregnant individuals.

Senator Dave Cortese

Sentencing Reform Measure Passes California Senate

July 15, 2021

SB 300, The Sentencing Reform Act of 2021, authored by Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) has passed the California State Senate and will now head to the State Assembly.

Senator Toni Atkins

Dr. William T. Armaline Appointed to Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board

July 14, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has appointed Dr. William T. Armaline to the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory (RIPA) Board. Pro Tem Atkins appointed Dr. Armaline to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of the last member.

Senator Lena A. Gonzalez

Senator Lena Gonzalez Issues Statement on 2021-22 Budget Passed by Legislature and Signed by Governor Newsom

July 14, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Lena A. Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) released the following statement in response to the unprecedented 2021-22 state budget signed by Governor Newsom: 

 

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd Secures $1.9 Million for Solano Co. Wildfire Safety

July 14, 2021

SOLANO COUNTY – With California’s wildfire season off to an early and destructive start, Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, today announced he’s secured a $1.9 million state budget allocation for Solano County to boost its wildfire prevention and suppression efforts.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Legislation to Repeal Discriminatory Loitering Law Targeting Sex Workers Passes Assembly Public Safety Committee

July 14, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 357, the Safer Streets for All Act, passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee by a vote of 6-2. It now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Legislation to Decriminalize Possession of Psychedelics Passes Assembly Health Committee

July 14, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation, Senate Bill 519, which decriminalizes the possession and personal use of certain psychedelic drugs, passed the Assembly Health Committee by a vote of 8-4. It will now head to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Research from top medical universities shows that these substances can have significant benefits, particularly for treating mental health and substance use disorders.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Recovery Incentives Act, Confronting the Growing Meth and Overdose Crisis, Passes Assembly Health Committee

July 14, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation, Senate Bill 110, passed the Assembly Health Committee with a unanimous, bipartisan vote. It will now head to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. This legislation will address the worsening methamphetamine addiction crisis facing our state. The Recovery Incentives Act legalizes the substance use disorder treatment known as “contingency management,” and authorizes Medi-Cal to cover it.

Senator Susan Rubio

Senator Rubio Successfully Champions $50 Million to Help Small Theaters Survive Pandemic Devastation

July 14, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) announced today that the 2021-22 state budget includes $50 million in immediate funding that she requested to help struggling small theaters as they emerge from the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino’s Poway Gun License & DOJ Investigations Bill Clears Assembly Public Safety Committee

July 13, 2021

Sacramento, California – Senate Bill 715, a measure authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) which creates gun purchase safeguards and expands independent review of tragic police shootings, cleared the Assembly Public Safety Committee today.